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September 09 2013

jeux_olympiques : pourquoi Madrid pensait gagner

#jeux_olympiques : pourquoi Madrid pensait gagner

Benjamin Leclercq

Patatras ! Madrid n’aura finalement pas les Jeux olympiques 2020. Ce weekend, le #Comité_international_olympique lui a en effet préféré Tokyo. Le seul candidat européen est partagé entre incompréhension et sentiment d’injustice. Les quatre raisons pour lesquelles Madrid pensait mériter les J.O. (...)

#Société #Espagne #candidatures #CIO #JO #Madrid_2020 #sport

September 08 2013

Les JO, poule aux œufs d'or ou gouffre financier ? Plutôt cette dernière option... « The Curse of…

Les JO, poule aux œufs d’or ou gouffre financier ? Plutôt cette dernière option...

« The Curse of the Olympics »

Tokyo has been named host city of the 2020 Olympics, beating out Istanbul for the win. But hold the applause—the games are cursed! Nico Hines on why they’re such a bad business.

When it comes to inept financial planning, Montreal 1976 was the all-time record-breaker. After going 796 percent over budget, according to a Saïd Business School analysis, it took the Canadian city until 2006 to pay off the debt. Athens 2004 was a similar lesson in mismanagement—the Greek city is calculated to have spent around 5 percent of the nation’s entire GDP on the Games. Indeed, the $12 billion cost of hosting the Games contributed to the Greek economic collapse and left an abandoned Olympic Park, which has been overrun by weeds and graffiti artists.

While Montreal and Athens might be the most blatant manifestations of Olympic armageddon, every city has struggled to build a positive economic legacy of hosting the Games. Sydney 2000 is widely held to have been one of the most successful recent Games, but Bruce Baird, the minister who oversaw the bid in the 1990s, admits the city has been disappointed by the impact. “What’s the old song? ‘Regrets, we’ve had a few’,” he confessed by phone from Australia.

#sport #JO #finance #économie

August 11 2013

Violence in the North Caucasus and the Olympics in Sochi 2014 / Upcoming Events / Events /…

Violence in the North Caucasus and the Olympics in Sochi 2014 / Upcoming Events / Events / / NUPI - NUPI

The Olympic Games that are to be held in Sochi, North Caucasus in 2014, are designed to be a manifestation of the reconstruction of Russia and it’s greatness under Putin. This is the region Putin has struggled to control since the fall of the Soviet Union. It was here Putin started his “unification” of Russia in 1999 through the second war in Chechnya.

Now, after almost 15 years have passed, the situation in North Caucasus is critical. The conflicts between different Russian forces and armed Islamist insurgent groups have become so violent that the situation in Dagestan must be characterized as a state of war. Chechnya is being held under Russian control by Ramzan Kadyrov’s iron fist, but the republic is less Russian than ever.

#russie #caucase #jo #jeux_olympiques

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